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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Cheryl Strayed

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Title:Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Authors:Cheryl Strayed
Info:Vintage (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 368 pages
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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (2012)

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I read this collection of letters from Dear Sugar's advice column straight through, which really doesn't do it justice. Her compassionate insight and advice should be savored. Yet I'm not sorry the first pass went so quickly. I will go back and spend more time with each chapter. In the meantime, I was so impressed with this book that I checked out the audiobook [b:Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail|12262741|Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail|Cheryl Strayed|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1354159655s/12262741.jpg|17237712] and am enjoying it thoroughly.

In these letters, Strayed reveals hard truths about her own life in a way that lends weight to her advice. She's not telling her readers what to do, but offering stories that open up options.

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  seschanfield | Mar 7, 2016 |
A beautiful heart-punch of a book - Strayed dishes out brutal, loving, honest and painful advice on how to live a good life. It ran a bit long by the end - a few letter covered similar themes - but it's pretty inspiring stuff. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
Strayed does very well when it comes to problems that touch on her own experience (mainly grief and loss). However, she's very weak when it comes to pretty much every other issue. She also has this repugnant viewpoint about how the loss of her mother made her a better person, which is, of course, fine for her, but brought up in response to other people's raw loss, is insensitive to the point of utter stupidity. Her other advice/whatever is lacklustre, and mostly revolves around herself.

Also she's incredibly patronising. "Sweet pea", "honey bun" - oh, fuck off. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
This was a good book with lots of heartfelt advice. Some was cliche, but only as cliche as some of the problems being written in about. Overall a very feel-good book. ( )
  extraflamey | Jan 18, 2016 |
This was a good book with lots of heartfelt advice. Some was cliche, but only as cliche as some of the problems being written in about. Overall a very feel-good book. ( )
  extraflamey | Jan 18, 2016 |
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For Stephen Elliott and Isaac Fitzgerald
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Long ago, before there was a Sugar, there was Stephen Elliot. - Introduction
What is this book? It's a selection of Dear Sugar columns. - Part One
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"Tiny Beautiful Things" brings the best of Cheryl Strayed's published and never-before-published online columns in one place and includes a new introduction by Steve Almond.

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